#UMNMCH student Mollie Kohler, she/her (MPH 2023) wrote this reflection on how her experience as a social worker led her to the MCH program and prepared her for a deployment with the UMN Extension Center for Family Development where she worked on a project to improve culturally relevant postpartum social support and maternal well-being. Path […]
Tag: Student Spotlight
Student Spotlight: How are Amanda Moses’ Research Internships and MCHIG Executive Member Role Inspiring her Dual MPH/MSW Work?
#UMNMCH student Amanda Moses (she/her/hers) (MPH 2023) wrote this reflection on how her career, internships, and MCHIG executive board position have all contributed to her career in MCH. Background I started my career in the social work and public health sectors as a youth and family advocate at a local Minnesota nonprofit, Tubman, which transitioned […]
Student Spotlight: How Did a Deployment to Hennepin County Public Health Inspire Chinenyenwa Elile’s Passion for DEI Work in Child and Youth populations?
#UMNMCH student Chinenyenwa Elile, (she/her), MPH 2024, wrote this reflection on how her Maternal and Child Health (MCH) coursework, student worker positions, and passion for equity work in child and youth populations have all contributed to her career in Maternal and Child Health. Path to the UMN MPH in MCH Program When choosing a Master […]
Student Spotlight: How Did a Foreign Policy Student Become Part of the UMN MCH Master’s Program?
#UMNMCH student Julieta Barbiero(she/her) wrote this reflection on her path to public health and her work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). What was your path to the UMN MCH Program? I was not always in the public health field. I received my bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C. […]
Student Spotlight: How Did Dae Akre-Fens’ Time Working with Native Youth Highlight the Need for Public Health to Focus on Intersectionality and Indigeneity?
#UMNMCH student Dae Akre-Fens (MPH 2023) wrote this reflection on how her internship with the Indian Health Board and her interest in sexual and reproductive health have contributed to her career in MCH. Background I never thought I would go to grad school. After finishing my bachelor’s in Cultural Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies […]
Student Spotlight: How Did Paige Erickson’s MCH Deployment Seek to Address Mental Health Through a Public Health Lens?
#UMNMCH student Paige Erickson (she/they), MPH 2022, wrote this reflection on how her deployment with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the UMN Extension Center for Family Development let her explore mental health through a maternal and child health lens. Path to the UMN MPH in MCH Program Before coming to the School of […]
Student Spotlight: How is Marielynn Herrera’s Interest in Maternal Immigrant Health Inspiring her Pursuit for Health Equity?
#UMNMCH student Marielynn Herrera (she/her/ella), MPH 2023, wrote this reflection on how her deployment at Centro Tyrone Guzman and background working with family home visiting programs contributed to her career in MCH. Background My trajectory to the MCH program reflected my professional evolution. After completing my undergraduate degree, I placed a high premium on the […]
Student Spotlight: How Did Volunteering as an Abortion Clinic Escort Shape the Direction of Olivia Snow’s Master’s program?
Olivia Snow (She/her; MPH 2025) was one of two #UMNMCH students who received the Robert Ten Bensel Scholarship in 2021-2022. The scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded annually by Epi to students who demonstrate outstanding potential for contributions to the principles of MCH, human equity, and community social justice. In spring 2022, we invited Olivia […]
Student Spotlight: How is Haley Lipo Zovic’s Interest in Pregnancy, Birth, Health Equity, and Social Justice Contributing to her Graduate Experience, Both In and Outside the Classroom?
#UMNMCH student Haley Lipo Zovic (she/her/hers; MPH 2023) wrote this reflection on how her deployment with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project has not only influenced her academic work throughout her first year but also facilitated her MCH and social justice involvement outside of the classroom. BACKGROUND If you would have asked 18-year-old Haley what her […]
Student Spotlight: How did Myo Myo Aye’s Data Analysis Efforts Inform a Vision Health Plan for the City of Minneapolis?
INTRO #UMNMCH student Myo Myo Aye (she/her) (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her role as a Research Intern with the Minnesota Vision Health Task Force at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has contributed to her career in MCH. Her work creating briefs at MPS highlighted the importance of describing the impact of young children’s […]
Student Spotlight: How is Kaitlyn Traub Using a Health Equity Lens to Responsibly Report Data at MDH?
INTRO #UMNMCH student Kaitlyn Traub (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her deployment with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Team at the Minnesota Department of Health has contributed to her career in MCH. Her work with briefs at MDH highlighted the importance of describing systems impacting the health of Minnesotans. […]
Student Spotlight: How did Delaine Anderson Provide Essential Data to Identify Underserved Populations and Inform Policy Changes for Parents and Children in Minnesota?
#UMNMCH student Delaine Anderson (she/her/hers), MPH 2022, wrote this reflection on how her deployment at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has contributed to her career in MCH. In this piece, she describes her experience with MN PRAMS, an ongoing public health surveillance project. Background I will complete my Master of Public Health (MPH) in […]
Student Spotlight: How is Alexis Chavez Building MCH knowledge and Skills Through her Work and Online MCH?
#UMNMCH student Alexis Chavez (she/her) (MPH 2022) wrote this reflection on how her role as one of the co-editors of the National MCH Trainee Blog has contributed to her Maternal and Child Health (MCH) knowledge base. In this piece, Alexis shares how her editorial work with MCH students incorporates skills presented in MCH Competencies and […]